I have two things open in front of me as I write this. On my computer screen is an application window for Reason 7, a digital audio workstation that emulates the look and methods of a hardware-based electronic music studio.
I dont remember the first time I heard Fiona Apple, but Im almost positive it was in my sisters carjust like with Radioheads Hail to the Thief,and Joni Mitchells Court and Spark, and even Outkasts Stankonia.
The Bad Plus really seemed to feel at home on the stage at BRICHouse, the brand new Fort Greene arts venue just steps away from the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Saturday, October 26, was BRIC’s first-ever sold-out concert in their intimate ballroom space, with unreserved seating in the balcony and standing room only on the ground floor.
Born in Raleigh, N.C. and raised in Charlotte, N.C., prolific composer, saxophonist, and clarinetist Charles Waters, who has been a quiet presence on the New York music scene for almost 20 years, states: Growing up I played hand bells and piano and sang in the choir [at the] Baptist Church.
In a year in which the pop charts have been dominated by the manufactured likes of Katy Perry and Miley Cyrus, we have also enjoyed an unprecedented, and unexpected, resurgence of women from the indie scene. For me, this has been a lot like getting a call from an old friend whos been out of touch for a while and remembering how much you like her.
As I near my 11th anniversary as the Rail’smusic editor, a slew of other obligations has made it impossible for me to continue tending the section in my usual obsessive-compulsive way, so I’ve decided to move on.